My poor little boy... He's nearly 6mo and has been running a low-grade fever on-and-off since Monday (making it three days now). His BMs have changed since then, too - no more formed, turds (he's on solids) - we're instead having foul, stinky, mucousy, runny messes (but it's not pouring out of him - but definitely more frequent than he usually poos). He did an enormous power chuck all over me last night, and vomitted once two days before that, but I'm not sure if those symptoms mean a gastric infection (DH, in all his wisdom, seems to think so).
He's not sleeping on his back anymore, or turning his head to the right like he usually does - he's twisting his body to sleep on his left side - and cries whenever I lay him down, suggesting he's in pain somewhere. He's irritable, cries a lot and just not himself and it's so, so hard to watch.
I took him to the GP yesterday and he said his glands are up, so he's obviously fighting an infection somewhere, but he couldn't tell where. He did see a big white spot on the back of DS's throat, which would suggest an infection, but he said his tonsils weren't inflamed. Also, no ear infection. The GP made me provide a sample of DS's urine to test for a UTI, but the results aren't back yet. (No rashes or photo-sensitivity, thank goodness, but I'm always vigilant for changes.)
I think DS is also teething, as he's ALWAYS got his hands in his mouth (more so than normal ATM) and he's off his food/breast milk a bit. He's waking up every hour at night upset, but sleeps for nearly 4hrs during the day in one big stretch. There are also big white lumps along his bottom gums (teeth that haven't broken through yet?).
I'm just so stressed about it! I'm hoping it's just a harmless bug he's picked up from his big sister or cousin (toddlers who've always got their dirty fingers in his little mouth) and it'll pass soon. I know that at this age babies' immune systems start to kick in (and they become less dependent on breast milk for immunity) so theoretically this is within the realms of 'normal', but I thought he'd be better by now. Well, he's not as bad as he was on Tuesday or even yesterday, but he's still not 100%.
Anyone got anything helpful or reassuring to say?